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Torched Lower East Side Synagogue May Face The Wrecking Ball

A board member of the historic Beth Hamedrash Hagodol synagogue, which was ravaged by a fire in May, has filed a request to demolish at least part of the structure, according to DNAInfo.

A spokesperson for the Landmarks Preservation Commission said that the request did not specify if all or only certain parts of the synagogue would be demolished.

A community board meeting is being held Tuesday night for the synagogue’s board to present its proposal to demolish the building, which the Department of Buildings has deemed unstable.

The police arrested and charged a 14-year-old boy with the arson of the building, which has stood since 1850 and was given landmark status in 1967.

Contact Ari Feldman at feldman@forward.com or on Twitter @aefeldman.

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